William Frederick Witherington

The Hop Garland

exhibited 1843

Medium
Oil paint on mahogany
Dimensions
Support: 445 x 356 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Robert Vernon 1847
Reference
N00421

Display caption

During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries the hop gardens of Kent, Sussex and Surrey provided artists with a rich source of subject matter. The picking season, when many families migrated from London for paid employment and fresh air, was a modest English equivalent of the more exotic French and Italian grape harvest or vintage. Witherington was a popular painter of scenes from rural life. He painted several works inspired by the picturesque sights of hop-pickers at work and at play. Here he shows young workers at rest while they garland a younger companion with the yellow hop flowers. A writer in the 'Art Journal' thought this was Witherington's best picture.

Gallery label, August 2004

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